ENGAGEMENT RING – BLUE NILE?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We looked at blue Nile but went with brilliance.com. I had a custom setting that brilliance designed based on photos. The service was extremy personalized and the loose diamonds are GIA certified and the lowest price I’ve found. I highly recommend brilliance.  This isn’t the best picture since I took it with my cell but you can tell the ring is beautiful. They copied a Jaffe ring. 

Post # 3
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you go with Briiliance, ask for Simon. He’s great. The service is incredibly personalized. 

Post # 4
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5421 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

BecD:  My ring isn’t from there but I recently purchased a pendant from them and am very very pleased with it. I paid £800 (approx $1300) for it and it’s a 0.41ct F SI2 excellent cut RB in a platinum setting with a platinum chain. Something of the same size and quality in white gold rather than platinum would have cost me double that from a regular store, so I’m very pleased. Delivery was fairly swift, the quality is excellent, and it comes with all the necessary documentation (GIA cert and a valuation document).

I probably wouldn’t purchase a ring through them though because for me personally they don’t have a big enough range of settings; that might just be the UK site though.

Post # 5
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Blue Nile also does not offer a custom design service.  ive ordered silver from BN, and it is lovely. But I’m glad we got my engagement ring at brilliance. Check them out. Just to compare with blue Nile. A certified stone is a certified stone, so you’ll be fine either way but I loved the service at brilliance. 

Post # 7
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1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My ring came from Blue Nile – we took it to my family jeweler to have it appraised right after we got it – I was a little nervous about ordering sight unseen but the ring was EXACTLY what they said it was, appraised for almost double what we paid, and is beautiful! It came with all of the certification.

I’ve been pleased so far with construciton (no loose prongs, etc) – though I have a solitaire with two baguettes, so it isn’t pave or anything.

We couldn’t have afforded a diamond like the one I got in a brick and mortar store. I was really into high clarity and good cut. The ring turned out perfect. It shipped quickly and if it hadn’t fit, they would have taken it back for resizing – I didn’t get to try that out though becuase it was exactly true to size.

Post # 8
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671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

BecD:  BN is excellent!!! FI got such a bargain there (considering what he would have paid for the equivalent in a brick and mortar store in Australia). My ering was such good quality that we got my wedding band and his from them too!!! No stones fallen out – no worries AT ALL!!!! I can’t recommend enough! Also, have a search through the bee, there are lots of posts from people about Blue Nile. 🙂

Post # 9
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671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

BecD:  Oh, also their diamonds are GIA certified etc. 🙂

Post # 10
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That is the most important thing regarding using any of the online services.  Make sure you get a certified stone.  The GIA doesn’t lie, KWIM?  I found a setting I like at a high end B&M store in my hometown and brilliance copied it for a fraction of the price.  Also, you can get online and read reviews for the sites.  That’s how we found Brilliance.  Read as many reviews as you can find!  In the end, what really matters is getting a GIA certified ring.  🙂  Any jeweler or insurance company will recognize the certification and you are absolutely sure of what you are getting!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  NavyBee.
Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would go to local stores and try on rings so you can see how setting look on your hand.  Take pictures with your cell phone.  Then find something similar of BN or have it copied or whatever, but it is a good idea to try on rings.  I though I wanted a halo, but I ended up hating the way it looked on my hand…….

Post # 12
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7098 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

DH’s ring is from Blue Nile and he’s been happy with it. I personally was not very impressed with their customer service when we had to exchange sizes though. One person told me to disregard their email instructions when returning it, another said it had to be in TWO boxes, another said I had to insure it for a different amount than the other person, etc. Very annoying.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

I bought a diamond from Blue Nile but sent it back and then bought one from Whiteflash instead.

Why did I send it back?  It was very sparkly around the outside but not good under conditions of head obstruction.  It was dark in the middle when I looked at it closely or even at a medium distance,  even though it was certified as excellent by the GIA.  

The advantage of Whiteflash was that they not only had the certification but a gemologist checked it over to ensure that the diamond was excellent not only on paper but in reality.  Even so I had an extra check done.  I insisted on a second opinion.

I was just unlucky with Blue Nile so this doesn’t mean that all their diamonds are bad.  It’s just the company only depends on certification and don’t check individual diamonds in person.

I now have a beautiful diamond but if I had to do this again this is what I would do.

1.  I would fly to Good Old Gold or Whiteflash premises.  I would insist on seeing at least 10 diamonds, all certified as excellent by GIA or AGS.  I would ask them also to add to the 10 a couple of wildcards – diamonds that are beautiful but outside the stringent proportions required for excellent certificarion.  I would line all 12 of them all up, look at them in different lights and choose my favourite.

2.  If I couldn’t go and see the diamond personally I would buy a diamond online from Brian Gavin.  He is probably the best diamond cutter.  I would ask for excellent certification, either GIA or AGS.  I would determine the budget and ask him to look at a range of diamons and choose the prettiest for me.

Post # 14
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345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My diamond is from BN and I love it! FI said he didn’t spend less than 45 minutes on the phone with them each time he called, and they read him the specs for every diamond he was interested in. I know this may be changing soon, but he didn’t pay any tax on the diamond which was HUGE for us. The diamond is virtually crystal clear, and appraised for much more than he purchased it for.

If you’re worried about the setting, you can buy a loose diamond only and then have it set at a local jeweler so that you can pick out your setting that way, which is what FI did with mine. My band will be coming from the same jeweler who set our stone, but that was only because I found something I really liked.

Also, BN is conflict-free. I believe brilliance.com is as well, but it makes me feel a whole lot better to know that I have a conflict-free stone. I don’t know that chains like Jared or Kay can guarantee that for you, but perhaps some more local jewelers can. Either way that was a huge thing for me, but for others it’s not a big deal. But I have nothing but good things to say about my BN ring.

Post # 15
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823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

SoccerBee86:  My DH did the same thing.  He purchased the diamond from BN and had it set at a B&M store.

I have a princess soltaire and DH said he looked at local stores but wasn’t impressed with the quality of their princess diamonds.  One of his friends used BN for his wife’s ring, so he figured he would check them out; plus, they have a really good return policy so if he didn’t like the diamond he could send it back no problem.

The diamond was gorgeous.  I say “was” because I chipped it and when I claimed in through the insurance, we had to use a B&M store to replace it.  I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

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